Let’s face it. You either love or hate Yeezy- and if you hate him, well then you’re just a hater and you should cut it out.
Granted he’s had some not so great PR moments but can we please move on from the Taylor Swift incident guys? It was in 2009! I mean, he has a baby now. Doesn’t that count for something?! (no? okay. It was worth a shot.)
Kanye West is proof that as long as you believe in yourself, anything is possible and you can’t knock the guy for being his #1 fan. A little narcissism goes a long way when you’re raking in millions of dollars, and from all of his rather interesting comments throughout the years, there are valuable lessons that we can all learn from the guy:
Yeezy: “When I think of competition it’s like I try to create against the past. I think about Michelangelo and Picasso, you know, the pyramids.”
Lesson: Strive to be the best of the best, not the best of the mediocre.
Yeezy: “I just think that when my confidence meets other people’s insecurity, that equals ‘Kanye’s arrogant.”
Lesson: Don’t dull your shine because others are intimidated by it. Their insecurities are not your problem.
Yeezy: “Really good people like me are scared of falling off. I’m totally scared of falling off. Just imagine it. Just imagine if I woke up one day and I was wack. What would I do then?”
Lesson: Never stop evolving. Continue to learn and get better at your passion. Stay relevant.
Yeezy: “I knew when I wrote the line “light-skinned friend look like Michael Jackson” [from the song “Slow Jamz"] I was going to be a big star.”
Lesson: Believe in yourself, trust your talent and always speak into existence what you want your life to become.
Yeezy: “What I feel like — ’cause I wanna be married, of course — I feel like the type of girl I would be with is a fellow superhero. So we get that ‘already flying and now we’re just flying together’ thing.”
Lesson: Find a mate who complements you, motivates you and has a similar kind of ambition and drive.
Yeezy: “People are not going to agree with everything I do. I look back and look at stuff I do and don’t agree with it. Man, if I made a diss record of myself, I would kill me. I would be extremely good at it.”
Lesson: Don’t worry about everyone’s opinion of you, do what makes you happy. Always stay true to self.
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